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USS Carl Vinson Participates in "Race Across the Globe"

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070624-01
Release Date: 6/24/2007 11:59:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Philip Schrickel, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors from USS Carl Vinson’s (CVN 70) fitness team joined other ships in the fleet for a "Race Across the Globe."

The athletes taking part in the race, which began June 13 and will conclude July 3, will receive a certificate of participation.

During the fleetwide competition, each Sailor participates in a simulated run around the world by tracking their daily exercise mileage, using a specialized tracking sheet. Tracking sheet mileage is then given to the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) coordinators or fit bosses, where the data on the participants is compared with other ships in the fleet.

Sailors who participate in the race can use treadmills, elliptical trainers, and upright exercise bikes in conjunction with running.

Carl Vinson Sailors said they enjoy the challenge that the simulated race brings, and are using the competition to enhance their own physical readiness standards.

“We’ve had a lot of really good feedback from our crew members participating in this competition,” said Carl Vinson's MWR coordinator, Erin Saluta. "It's more than a race against other ships, but a way to encourage fleet Sailors to enhance their physical readiness standards by competing against each other."

Carl Vinson's fit boss, who is facilitating the competition on board the aircraft carrier, stresses the benefits of high-impact fitness that the fleetwide race offers.

“Cardiovascular fitness is one of the most readily available and cost affective types of workouts, even on board ships,” said Carl Vinson’s fit boss, Melissa Burns. “You can perform cardiovascular exercise anywhere, and you can still make a good workout, even in the most confined of spaces."

Burns said she hopes that with some healthy competition, dedication, and bragging rights to the winning ship, Sailors will appreciate the advantages of getting fit while having fun.

“Cardiovascular exercise not only helps you with weight loss, but it also decreases both your resting heart and blood pressure,” said Burns. "This race is just one step in encouraging Sailors throughout the fleet to adopt a culture of fitness. We want our crew to win this race, but also learn how a healthy lifestyle can benefit them as Sailors."

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